Summer Lake

At Art House America, Mary Van Denend writes about Summer Lake in Oregon – and, more importantly, on what a trip to the wilderness does for us:  The weekend before Summer Lake, I was up in Seattle visiting my oldest sister and enjoying a solo literary getaway, attending a wonderful reading and reception for poet [Read More...]

The Place of Our Affection

At Art House America, a marvelous essay from Andi Ashworth about home, and finding it in your own: During this last round of talks we decided to take a weekend and try out what it might be like to live closer to the city, able to walk to coffee shops, restaurants, and even to work. [Read More...]

Facing Anxiety and Depression

In an in-class discussion with my students a few weeks ago, I was startled to discover that many, if not most of them had been prescribed medication (often short-term) for anxiety or depression, or both. It seems it’s common now. We had a fruitful discussion about whether we were prescribing medication more, or whether there [Read More...]

Bodies Matter (For More Reasons Than You Might Think)

There’s a lot of talk these days about the importance of re-learning to work by hand, to make things, and to experience the kind of learning that we only experience through our bodies (instead of, say, through our computer screens). On this topic, I highly recommend Matthew Crawford’s wonderful, readable little book Shop Class as Soulcraft. Over [Read More...]


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